Sunday, October 17, 2010

12 Basic Rules for Dieters

Rules are often established to maintain order and assure that goals are met. Basically, they serve as a blueprint for how to get where you're going. Put another way, rules can help you to achieve your desired goal effectively and efficiently. But for that to happen, obviously you have to follow the rules. This is where dieters fall short.

If you are like most dieters, you want to get results fast, but when it comes to following the rules that would help you to do so, well, you probably stray from the rules a little too often.

To get the results you want, you need to be persistent. Don't let temptation get in the way and prevent you from losing the weight you want to lose. If you are ready to give dieting another try, here are 12 Simple Rules to help you succeed. Just remember, don't give in to temptation and don't give up.

Rule 1. Plan ahead. Having a plan will help you stay focused and in control.

Rule 2. Be flexible. Being on a diet doesn't mean you have to be on a rigid, highly restricted regimen. You just have to know how to compensate when you go off course.

Rule 3. Include foods you like. Make sure that your diet includes foods you like, just a healthier version.

Rule 4. Eat lots of high-fiber foods. High-fiber fruits and vegetables should be at the core of every dieter's meal plan. These foods are loaded with so much health-promoting nutrients, it is hard to imagine succeeding without them.

Rule 5. Drink plenty of water. Water is important because it is the one beverage you can drink to your heart's content without worrying about calories. Additionally, it can help to curb your appetite by leaving you feeling full so that you eat less high-calorie foods.

Rule 6. Limit your intake of junk food. Junk food is the spoiler for most dieters. Keep these out of your diet and you will find that losing weight is not so difficult after all.

Rule 7. Avoid foods that are loaded with fat. Fat is a calorie-dense foods. Therefore, anything with added fat means added calories. Avoid things like fried foods, commercial chips, large amounts of butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing and other foods, like pastries, cakes and cookies and you could easily eliminate hundreds of calories from your diet.

Rule 8. Read food labels. Unless you are cooking everything you eat from scratch, you had better read the label on the foods you buy. And, of course, use the information to buy the foods that are compatible with your diet plan.

Rule 9. Prepare your own food at home and eat out less. Preparing your own food will give you control over what goes into the food, how much you eat and how many calories you consume. When you eat out you pretty much put those choices in the hands of someone else.

Rule 10. Keep portion sizes to a minimum. The more you eat, the more calories you will be taking in. Conversely, the less you eat, particularly of high-calorie foods, the fewer calories you will consume. So keep an eye on those portions.

Rule 11. Get the exercise you need to burn fat. Exercise is essential if you want to lose weight effectively and efficiently. It is the one way to burn off excess calories and make losing weight a breeze.

Rule 12. Be true to yourself. Only you can decide if you are willing to make the commitment and stick to it when it comes to losing weight. Either you will do it or you won't. Either you succeed or you don't. It all depends on you.